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Community Engagement, Collective Action in Ferguson

Michael Gearhart

Assistant Professor Michael Gearhart "is using his proximity to Ferguson to research how the community is bouncing back from that period of turmoil, as well as how implicit bias informs outside views of its residents. He is about a third of the way through a study examining the effectiveness of efforts undertaken by the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center to address the challenges faced by the city’s residents and also getting started on work examining police-resident relationships in the wake of the Brown shooting."  To read more about Michael's work on civil rights in Ferguson, check out this 11/26/18 UMSL Daily Blog.

Uma Segal Makes Headlines in Europe

Uma Segal


This past summer, Professor Uma Segal gave a keynote address in Edinburgh, Scotland at the inaugural World Congress on Migration, Ethicity, Race, and Health and she met with heads of governmental agencies in Portugal where she gave her expert opinions on migration. Her visit garndered some well-deserved attention and she was featured on the front page of a national newspaper in Portugal. Read about her work and travels in this UMSL Daily blog post.

Two Social Work Faculty to Give International Keynote Addresses

Uma Segal    Baorong Guo

Professor Uma Segal (left) was invited to give a keynote address at the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, and Race which will be held May 17-19, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Segal gave her keynote address on the topic of "Global and historical perspective on human migration and the resulting creation of multi-ethnic societies." The title of her keynote address is Globalization, Migration, and Ethnicity: Opportunities and Challenges.

Professor Segal was also invited as a specialist in the area of refugee studies to give a keynote address in Lisbon to the High Commission for Migration. The title of that keynote address is Replacement of Refugees in Portugal: The Vision of a Fulbright Specialist. If you click on the title link to that address, you will find an abbreviated version of Dr. Segal's address published in the Commission's newsletter.

While in Lisbon, Uma was interviewed by the national newspaper Diário de Notícias regarding the shifting US policies toward immigration. Although the original article was published in Portuguese, you can see a translated version by clicking on the English translation: "Obama was tough on illegal (immigration), but not arbitrary like Trump."

Professor Baorong Guo (right) has been invited to give a keynote address at the Symposium on Commerce and Philanthropy, jointly hosted by China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation (School of Public Administration, Renmin University), Dunhe Foundation, and Narada Foundation. The symposium will be held at Renmin University, Beijing, China, on October 22-23, 2018. The title of Professor Guo's keynote address will be “Rhetoric or Reality: Rethinking Social Enterprise.”

Congratulations to our world-renown faculty!

Courtney McDermott Honored for Civic Engagement

Courtney McDermott won the 2018 UMSL Faculty Excellence for Civic Engagement Award earlier this week. Here she is pictured with Linda Wells-Glover who, in addition to Robin Kimberlin, nominated Courtney for this award. Courtney is the first recipient of this important recognition from the Civic Engagement Coalition.

Over the course of the past 2 year, McDermott has worked to raise awareness of racial equity within our region, has helped bring a tool to assess racial equity to agencies serving the St Louis area, and has developed a series of Social Work Conversations to bring speakers addresses this and other issues to speak to our student body. Kudos, Courtney!

McDermott Civic Engagement Award

Florian Sichling featured on St. Louis on the Air

Social Work's own Florian Sichling, along with Adriano Udani (Political Science) and Jorg Ploger from Dortmund, Germany, who visited the School of Social Work last year, appeared on St. Louis on the Air to discuss how well America incorporates immigrants into its communities. Click on the title above to read UMSL Daily's article about their appearance.


Faculty discuss Immigration on St. Louis on the Air